- want safe and healthy beaches?
- want to surf, swim, dive, fish and play in clean ocean water?
- care about public beach access?
- care about rampant coastal armoring?
- worry about coastal overdevelopment?
Thanks for your interest in Surfrider Foundation, Santa Cruz Chapter!
As we always say: YOU ARE SURFRIDER!!!
You, our volunteers and chapter members, power everything Surfrider does. We are truly a grass-roots organization, and none of us at the local level are paid a cent for our efforts. We are motivated by our love of the ocean, waves, and beaches and by our strong desire for a healthy marine environment for ourselves and future generations.
So, don’t be timid about volunteering, because we will always welcome help. No matter what your age, education, sex, race, or religion, we will make a strong attempt to find a way to work you into our activities. And be assured, we try to work with sense of humor and look for opportunities to have fun. After all, FUN is the reason we surf and love ocean recreational activities!
Current Recruitment: (updated 1/11/13)
- Core Volunteers: We are looking for Core Volunteers who have been wanting to get more involved but are not sure where to start. Core Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They often go on to leadership positions within our chapter and help set our chapter’s strategy. Please contact us if you are interested and we will provide you with the knowledge and tools you will need to be a Surfrider Foundation ambassador.
- Newsletter writers: Assist in writing, editing, and distributing the Chapter newsletter.
3. Water Sample Collectors: Collect water samples weekly from local beaches and deliver to lab for processing
4. Water Quality Lab: Looking for a person to help in the water quality lab processing water samples for bacteria levels
Core Volunteers Positions:
- Beach Clean up Assistant: Assist our beach clean up coordinator in organizing clean ups and volunteers. Help lead beach clean up campaigns.
- Environmental Educators: Make environmental education presentations to local schools and businesses about Surfrider and clean beaches and water.
- Public Relations Program Leader: Coordinate publicity for the chapter’s campaigns and programs. Maintain relationships with local press, sponsors, and the surf community, help with the planning of several events per year, and create promotional materials for web and print.
- Event Coordinator: Assist in planning and executing approx hree major Surfrider events every year.
- Fundraising Coordinator: Lead the chapter’s fundraising campaigns and be the main point of contact on fundraising actions. Actively pursue raising funds for the chapter and maintain good relationships with existing donors.
- Ocean Friendly Gardens Helpers: Assist in developing local programs to prevent runoff and reduce our water footprint…lawn patrols, workshops, outreach.
Entry Level Volunteers Needed:
- Water Sample Collectors: Collect water samples weekly from local beaches and deliver to lab for processing
- Beach Clean Up Helpers: Assist with beach clean ups on the first Saturday of every month from 11am-1pm. Help arrange school and other community groups to participate.
- Storm Drain Stencilers: Help paint local storm drains during summer months with the words “No Dumping, Drains to Bay”.
- Tabling Helpers: Assist at the Surfrider information table at various events such as surf competitions and clean water festivals. Talk to people about Surfrider, recruit volunteers, and sell merchandise.
- Newsletter writers/photographers/editors: Assist in writing, photography, editing, or distributing quarterly newsletter.
- Communications Helpers: Assist with addressing mass mailings and/or post flyers around town for various Surfrider events. Assist with distribution of quarterly newsletter.
Let us know what areas you are interested in getting involved with, and we can put you in touch with the correct program leaders. If you want to be informed about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities you can Subscribe to our newsletter or e-mail or phone us at: